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    • Renowned for its innovation and creativity, the School of Drama provides students with the creative, intellectual, and technical training they need to become skilled, dynamic performers and relevant 21st-century artists.

      Working in New York City, the world's most creative community, and under the expert instruction of top working professionals and internationally acclaimed guest artists, students refine their skills as interpretive and generative artists for stage and camera.

      With a dedication to interdisciplinary experiences, collaborative training and authenticity of expression, the School of Drama's undergraduate and graduate programs offer unparalleled training for actors who seek to work across styles, genres and media. In addition to our accomplished roster of faculty members, students have the opportunity to work with exciting industry partners like Ping Chong & Co, Tectonic Theatre Project and more.

      The BFA in Dramatic Arts gives acting students foundational, intermediate and advanced courses in a wide range of techniques and styles for stage and for camera. Voice, speech, dance and movement classes continue the development of the acting craft. Studio presentations, mainstage productions, and student-led Creative Cafe projects offer students ample and diverse performance opportunities. Undergraduate BFA students on the acting track have the opportunity to participate in an industry showcase in their senior year.

      The School of Drama's three-year MFA in Contemporary Theatre and Performance provides rigorous, collaborative training for performers who wish to enter the profession as unique, adaptive, and multidimensional artists on stage and on camera. Students are challenged to hone their technique and artistry while integrating awareness of directing, dramatic writing, and creative technologies to develop as collaborative and multidimensional artists able to generate new work for stage, television, and film. MFA students benefit from individualized guidance by award-winning faculty and a rich array of performance opportunities. Professional development is cultivated via our wide network of contacts, with particular focus in the third year of training, culminating with an industry showcase.

  • Degree Programs

     Learn more about the interdisciplinary degrees offered in the School of Drama:

  • Performance & Learning Opportunities

    Go beyond the edge of the stage. Discover new ways to unleash your talent and potential. Through our performance opportunities, you have the chance to bring your art to life while gaining hands-on experience through creative experimentation.

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    Collaborative Partnerships

    Create bold, innovative theater under the guidance of industry leaders.

    Take devised collaborative theater production to new heights. Through the School of Drama's partnerships with companies like the Tectonic Theater Project, you'll have the opportunity to stage theater productions in new ways. Collaborate directly with teaching artists from these companies and our faculty as you develop skills outside of your discipline and learn how to employ every element of theater — including lights, props, costumes, and text — in creating narratives.

    Creative Café

    Where entrepreneurial drive and creative expression collide.

    Have a creative vision you want to bring to life? Creative Café is the spot. Creative Café offers BFA students the opportunity to propose and produce self-directed projects with resources from the School of Drama. Work under the close guidance of a faculty advisor, getting hands-on producing experience as you manage a project from start to finish. Develop the skills you will need as a professional artist while collaborating with undergraduate and graduate students from across the New School community to bring your studio performance to life. A creative and entrepreneurial spirit is required.

    MFA Cinema Project Workshop

    Narrative short filmmaking through interdisciplinary collaboration.

    Collaborate with fellow graduate students from the College of Performing Arts on the development, production, and completion of an original short film. The Cinema Project Workshop pairs MFA Drama writers, directors, and actors with producers, cinematographers, editors, and sound designers from the School of Media Studies. During the fall semester, you'll master the theories and principles of filmmaking through a series of short projects. In the spring, you'll join a student production team to bring an original screenplay, featuring scores by Mannes and Jazz composers, to life.

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Undergraduate Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.


To apply to any of our Master's, Doctoral, Professional Studies Diploma, and Graduate Certificate programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.